The Titanic Museum in Branson honors the hardworking and skilled Irish laborers who toiled in building the RMS Titanic in Belfast, Northern Ireland. These skilled Irish laborers will be remembered at the Annual Irish Celebration Month on March 1 to March 31, 2015 at the Titanic Museum. Some of the men and women who traveled on the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic were Irish passengers and crew. The Irish passengers outnumbered all other nationalities on board. This Annual Irish Celebration Month honors the 159 Irish passengers and crew that were aboard the RMS Titanic.
A 15 year old Samuel Scott became the first man who died among the Titanic’s 1,500 dead. He died two years before the sinking of the world’s largest and most luxurious ship that sailed on its first and last voyage. Scott hailed from the city of Belfast, located in Northern Ireland that experienced an industrial boom a century ago. While working at the world’s largest shipyard Harland & Wolff, he fell from a ladder while riveting the luxury liner that sunk into the icy Atlantic Ocean on the night of April 15, 1912.
This boy who worked in the shipyard in Belfast has been surrounded by a deafening sound of hammers, scraping saw, screeching winds and irritating instructions. He experienced also the smell of steel, coal, and open fires. More than one hundreds years later, on the same site, the noise and smells are back again, a six-story exhibition building of the Titanic Belfast officially opens on March 31 and aims to entertain visitors with interactive touch screens, special effects, and talking holograms.
The workforce in the shipyard in Belfast at the time of building the RMS Titanic ranged from laborers to master craftsmen. Thousands of workers came from all over the United Kingdom and beyond, and the ship became the showcase of their skills. The RMS Titanic was built during a time of upheaval in Belfast and throughout Northern Ireland. The call of the Irish Republic Brotherhood for independence of Northern Ireland led to confrontations in Belfast between the two major religions, the Roman Catholics and the Protestants. The Roman Catholics considered themselves Irish while the Protestants considered themselves British.
The political atmosphere in Northern Ireland led to religious involvement concentrating in certain areas for self-protection. East Belfast became predominantly Protestant while West Belfast practiced Catholicism. Catholics were underrepresented in skilled work atmosphere. Out of a workforce of 20,000 in the shipyard, there were about less than 300 Catholics worked there and most of them were harassed daily. Some workers of the Titanic in the shipyard put signs saying, ‘’No Catholics allowed.’’ This was still appearing till the 1960s.
Although the Titanic rests 13,000 feet below the surface, there were about 8,000 artifacts that have been salvaged from the vessel. So, if you want to learn interesting stories about the building of RMS Titanic in Belfast, Northern Ireland, visit the Titanic Museum in Branson where you get the chance to see thousands of artifacts from Titanic passengers.
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